We’re excited to introduce our brand new office in Emeryville! Today is our first official day in the space, and our Associate Director Christa Scharfenberg (left) and Operations Manager Allegra Bandy have worked hard to coordinate the move.
When Haiyan Hit. -
When the Typhoon left the East side of my country with nothing, I was in a conference of Filipino Americans in the middle of Illinois. In the Midwest, a lot of Fil-Am or Asian American folks in general, build Asian American student organizations in college, in order to see faces that look like them…
“It made me question if I was being too pushy, or militant, or cared too much, but when did anyone care this much about Filipino(a)-Americans or Filipino(a)s? Only when a tragedy hits does a public eye focus in. Only when there is severe lack of structure does the community come together….”
Read more from poet/writer, Gretchen Carvajal
*COOL GIG ALERT* Be a Google Journalism Fellow and spend next summer with CIR! -
Are you a student journalist who loves working with data? Apply to the Google Journalism Fellowship and you could be spending your next summer with us at CIR. (!!!)
Stipend included. Application deadline is January 31. Good luck!
As Hospital Prices Soar, a Single Stitch Tops $500 -
The main reason for high hospital costs in the United States, economists say, is fiscal, not medical: Hospitals are the most powerful players in a health care system that has little or no price regulation in the private market.
Rising costs of drugs, medical equipment and other services, and fees from layers of middlemen, play a significant role in escalating hospital bills, of course. But just as important is that mergers and consolidation have resulted in a couple of hospital chains — like Partners in Boston, or Banner in Phoenix — dominating many parts of the country, allowing them to command high prices from insurers and employers.
A Year After Release, Only 2 Percent of Three Strikers Charged With New Crimes -
A little more than a year ago, Californians voted for Proposition 36, allowing the release of three-strikers convicted of non-violent, non-serious crimes. Since then, about 1,000 people have been released. KQED’s Michael Montgomery followed three men as they left prison and adapted to their new lives outside
In the course of investigative reporting, our organization regularly brings difficult and important stories to light. This year alone, we looked into the sexual abuse of migrant farmworkers, the backlog of veterans waiting to get benefits (some of whom die before ever receiving them) and nonprofit charities that collect millions of dollars that never make it to the cause.
It’s not easy to report on, and we know it’s not easy to digest, either.
This Thanksgiving, we want to thank you for supporting the work we do. We truly can’t do this without you. From all of us at CIR, we wish you and your loved ones a happy and safe Thanksgiving.
What happened after a 400-lb, ‘prone to violence’ aide beat a disabled patient unconscious? -
The afternoon of Dec. 11, 2010, Hansen argued and physically struggled with patient Larry Russell in one of the secured residences. The altercation ended when Russell stopped breathing and lost consciousness. Bruises shaped like boot prints formed across his torso, according to the public health department report.
Medics resuscitated Russell, who is diagnosed with moderate mental retardation and paranoid schizophrenia, regulatory records show. But the patient remained comatose for a week and a half. CIR was unable to locate Russell’s conservator or relatives for comment. CIR also could not verify Russell’s age. Because he is a patient, that information is confidential, according to state law.
Nearly every other detail about what took place is in dispute.
Hansen, 31, said he restrained Russell against a wall and tied him up to quell the patient’s outburst. He otherwise denied harming Russell in several interviews with police and regulators, records show.
We piece together the coverup that happened next — and how, after almost three years, state regulators have yet to penalize the Porterville center.